A quick drive over the Margaret Hunt Hill Suspension Bridge will bring you to Trinity Groves, created by a consortium of investors, including Phil Romano. The 15 acre destination is located next to the Trinity River and already boasts a tempting array of restaurants, many with patio seating, a brewery and a growing number of retail shops. Ambitious plans are in the works to build luxury, high-rise apartments. More modest homes in the area are undergoing refurbishment by young professionals and new families with an appreciation for the Trinity Renaissance.
On weekends there are often crowds of people along the Continental Avenue Bridge, strolling or jogging with their children and assorted pets. Recently, due to the torrential spring rains, the view of the river is awe-inspiring, with the water nudging past the 40-foot major flood stage. The views of the city skyline are great; visiting families will find kid-friendly playgrounds along the way, and food trucks of every kind.
I recently visited Babb Bros. BBQ and Blues with my partner in crime, Detective Betty Rhyzyk. Babb Bros. was used as the blueprint for the fictional restaurant, Babcock’s BBQ, referred to in my upcoming book (tentative title: Reaping The Grim, to be published in 2016). Det. Betty loves the food at Babb Bros., but what she especially loves is the music. The night we were there the Zac Harmon Band played and blew the roof off with their raucous, sometimes naughty, always infectious blues tunes.
Det. Betty weighs in on the Trinity crime scene: “Actually, there’s not a lot of crime here. Petty theft, the occasional drug traffic with the usual suspects. We do a lot of shift patrol out along the public areas which keeps it clean. A few years back, though, some guy shot a 14-foot, 900 pound alligator that was crawling out of the river at night, eating a rancher’s cows. But, you know. . .that was a ways from here. I wouldn’t be too afraid of alligators in Big D. Sharks, yes. Gators, no.”